Sep 22

£60m of funding announced to aid shipping decarbonisation

Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced funding for the third round of the clean maritime demonstration competition (CMDC)

On World Maritime Day (29 September 2022), Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced funding for the third round of the clean maritime demonstration competition (CMDC), which will run from April 2023 to March 2025 and help innovative companies and scientists deliver an emission-free maritime sector. 

UK companies will be able to bid for a slice of the funding to support the development of early-stage clean maritime technologies for wider use in the future. 

Responding to the announcement the UK Chamber of Shipping said:

“Instilling confidence in the UK shipping industry to invest in new technologies and fuels is central to reaching net zero. Today’s announcement is a welcome step in achieving this and delivering solutions for the sector.

"Equally important though is the delivery of integrated infrastructure at ports and elsewhere. This will ensure that as new fuels are developed and become viable at scale shipping companies have the confidence they will be readily available. We now need to see action to back deployment of this infrastructure and green solutions like shore power, which is already tried, tested and trusted. 

More information about the announcement, including how to apply for funding, can be found here

Several workshops and events are taking place over the next few weeks in relation to the announcement. Details of these are below.

  • Virtual CMDC3 Briefing event from 10:00-12:00 on Friday 30 September. The link to register is here.
  • A Mersey Maritime workshop event from 9am to Midday on 4 October. Click here for more information. This event is open to both members and non members of Mersey Maritime. 
  • In-person National Networking event between 10:00-13:00 on Friday 7 October in London. The link to register is here.
  • Maritime UK are running regional consortia building events in the weeks commencing 3 October and 10 October. Details are here.